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Feedback Studio by Turnitin

The infamous anti-plagiarism website has added a new feature! Turnitin Feedback Studio is a product that will emphasize feedback, easy use and accessibility. Renamed “FeedBack Studio”, this new function’s main point is to help instructors provide authentic feedback to improve their student’s writing.  It does this by giving instructors a single place to quickly provide direct feedback on all aspects of their students’ work.


(Photo Credit: TurnitIn.com)

Some features of this new tool include:

  • New user interface that puts plagiarism prevention, feedback, and grading into one unified view
  • A responsive design that is functional on PC’s, tablets, and mobile devices
  • Expanded database and enhanced anti-plagiarism technology that indexes the most relevant and up-to-date content on the web, including content that is hidden behind JavaScript

In a survey conducted with more than 1,000 students, the students stated that they valued the feedback from their teachers in support of their learning.  Feedback Studio’s new interface allows educators to provide feedback on students’ papers from one window the entire time they edit and comment. Teachers also have the option to choose from over 75 pre-written comments like “citation needed” or “phrasing”.  Furthermore, the new version offers grading rubrics and voice feedback options.

Turnitin Feedback Studio is currently available to all Turnitin users and for on a per-student, annual subscription for new customers.

For more information, please visit the article here, or the Turnitin website

Prezi Adds New Features

Have you tried Prezi yet? An old favorite of Learning Technologies, this online presentation tool is quickly growing in popularity as an alternative to linear slideshow programs. Just last month, they added three new features to the presentation mode that are quite exciting:

  • Screen Blackout – Need a break from visuals for a moment? While in presentation mode, users can now simply press the B key to temporarily black out their screen. Moving the mouse or pressing any other key will return to the presentation from there.
  • 3D Backgrounds – Users can now add layers to their presentation, creating a 3D effect. Watch the video below to see the feature in action:

  • Fade-in Animation – Content can now be faded in and out within frames. This is great if you wish to add a hide-and-reappear effect to your presentation. Here’s another video to show you how:

If you’d like to keep up with Prezi as it grows, check out their new feature log, which will be updated when new features are added.

Thanks to David Andrade at Educational Technology Guy for bringing this to our attention!

SkilledUp: The Search Engine for Online Courses

With so many online courses out there, it’s hard to know where to start when looking for one. As of now, most people are hopping around to different content providers like OCW Consortium, Coursera, or CMU Open Learning Initiative to learn something new. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to search all online courses in one place?

While SkilledUp may not be all the way there yet (it’s still in beta), they’ve got the right idea. On the site, users can search for online courses by keyword, or they can choose to browse the courses by topic. Additionally, search results can be filtered by price and duration of the course.

Currently, SkilledUp seems to have the most courses on computing, design, and technical skills, but hopefully will expand into traditional academic areas in the near future. Having a search engine like this would save many online students time–possibly making sifting through Google and course provider after course provider a thing of the past!

Historypin Lets You Search and Pin Historical Photos

Historypin is a site that works in collaboration with Google Maps to map historical photos from all around the world. The user can post their own photos to the map or explore the ones which are already on the site. On Historypin, you can search by area, subject, and even time period.

Not only does the map let you know the area in which the photo was taken, but the user can also compare the photo to a modern-day satellite image of the area. There are also various other helpful tools, including tours– a tool which allows the user to be guided through a sequence of photos that tell a story. Overall, Historypin seems like an exciting tool that could be used for a variety of subjects. For more information, check out the video from Historypin’s site below:

Read-Write Matrix of Web 2.0 Tools

The Read-Write Matrix of Web 2.0 Tools for Learning
Paul Left

The horizontal axis shows who can read the published documents, the vertical axis who can write to them. In each case the mid-point relates to the group of peers – eg learners within a single course. A wider group (ie between the mid-point and the ‘world’) could include members of a broader community of practice, or the local community or family.
The plotted points could be exemplified by:

  1. A personal reflective journal with no audience
  2. A personal wiki or blog which other learners can read
  3. A personal wiki or blog which a wider group can read
  4. A personal wiki or blog which is publicly available on the web
  5. A collaborative wiki for a sub-group of learners
  6. A collaborative wiki for the course
  7. A collaborative wiki for the course which a wider group can read
  8. A collaborative wiki for the course which is publicly available
  9. A collaborative wiki for learners and a wider group
  10. A collaborative wiki which is fully open – publicly readable and writable.

Note: These are typical examples only – the matrix is intended to relate to other tools in addition to blogs and wikis.

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Read Extending Read-Write Matrix

Link: http://www.verso.co.nz/mw/index.php?title=The_Read-Write_Matrix